Vowel Teams and Diphthongs | Word lists and Word Sorts Phonics Activities

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1st - 2nd, Homeschool
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These vowel teams and diphthong poster and word sorts are such a great addition to your structured literacy lessons for First and Second Grade. They are aligned specifically to a structured literacy approach.

Who are these great for?

- Teachers who want quick, easy and effective activities to pull our for small group instruction or fun center activities.

- Tutors who need easy access to long vowel resources that can be used to assess and practice decoding skills and also teach the long vowel and diphthong sounds - online (under a document camera) or in person.

- Parents who want a fun way to practice reading fluency or spelling rules at home.

Included in this resource:

  • 39 Posters including fun picture supports
  • Covering each of these long vowel sounds.

ai / ay / ee / ea / igh / ie / plural ies / y says long i / oa / ow / ue / ew / ui /

  • Covering these diphthong sounds

ow / ou / oi / oy / oo as in moon / oo as in book / aw / au /

  • Each long vowel sound has an accompanying picture words sorts activities. You can use these in 1-1 situations and sound out the picture and then decide which spelling is used. Some of these spellings have easy cues as to which ones to use, such as, we use 'ay' to say the long a sound at the end of words.

  • Each set of picture word sorts comes with a small label with easy picture cues sounds covered.

These can be used for display or storage container labels.

A black and white option is also included.

This resource would pair well with my long vowel word cards linked here:

Long Vowel Sounds - word cards and games

If you like this resource you may also enjoy using:-

The first level of phonics word cards

Decoding Phonics Cards for short vowel a

VCCV Syllable Division Activities

Phoneme Segmentation Board Games

Short Vowel Sounds Game 'a' - there are also games for each vowel sound you can find in my store.

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  • If you have a struggling reader and are not quite sure what next steps to take, especially if you suspect a reading difficulty such as dyslexia, I have a free guide that will help you. Great to give to parents for that step by step process of what to do. Find it by clicking here.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.
Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.
Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.


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